Each year OBRA lead a variety of workshops, master classes and residencies for students and professionals at their base, Au Brana in Southern France and in numerous university and school structures across Europe and the UK. These sessions are an opportunity for performers and artists to engage with the specific approach to actor training and performance that the company have developed.
OBRA lead regular residential open research sessions. The company use these sessions to develop their practice, exchange with other artists or explore a particular research question, and the company open the work sessions to artists from any discipline.
2021 Workshops and Residencies
With an optimistic outlook and hope that 2021 might see us all able to meet and exchange together again, we we offer a number of work sessions for summer and Autumn with the members of OBRA.
Covid 19 and it’s effects upon travel and work may of course have an impact again this summer, but there will be a health protocol in place and any deposits for work sessions will be refunded if we cancel due to Covid restrictions.
Here is the season at a glance and below you will find full outlines of each of the workshops all of which will be hosted at our base the Au Brana Centre;
Eilon Morris Orbits – Simultaneity and Polyrhythm in Performance
28th June – 2nd July Au Brana Centre, S.W. France
Marléne Rostaing and Fabian Wixe – Improvisation as Composition / Composition as Improvisation Dance Intensive July 19th – 23rd Au Brana Centre, S.W. France
Kate Papi OBRA Show in a week – Youth devising workshop
August 16th – 21st Au Brana Centre, S.W. France
OBRA Autumn Residency – Kate Papi and Oliviero Papi
September 6th – 11th Au Brana Centre, S.W. France
We sincerely hope to welcome you to Au Brana in 2021. For all applications to workshops, please return this completed form to Oliviero at email@example.com
For all applications for the Show in a Week please return this application form to Oliviero at firstname.lastname@example.org YOUTHapp
ORBITS -Simultaneity and Polyrhythm in Performance
5-day workshop 28th June – 2nd July 2021
Au Brana Centre, South West France
Over these five-days participants will work through rhythmic principles, exercises and games, cultivating greater clarity in their listening, expression and presence, while deepening their own rhythmic awareness and capacity. The main theme for this week will be cycles.
At the heart of performance we encounter cycles of time and space; the repeated phrases of breaths, pulsation, steps, gestures and forms. These rhythms connect performers and audiences and form the basis of ensemble listening. Some cycles offer us a sense of renewal and creativity, others evoke drudgery or a sense of limitation. A core skill of performance resides in the ways we navigate, create, disrupt and resolve these patterns.
In this workshop we will work with cycles of movement and sound, exploring their potentials as tools in performance and training. Participants will learn how to draw on, as well as break out of, cyclic patterns; working with cycles as a way to build awareness of pulse and form a greater sense of simultaneity within ensemble and solo work.
This work session will draw strongly on the practice of ‘Orbits’, a training form developed by Eilon Morris and discussed in his recent book, Rhythm in Acting and Performance. These practices are applicable to practitioners of all backgrounds and disciplines, including actors, dancers, musicians and educators, drawing on fundamental principles of rhythm to create an experience that is at once accessible and personally challenging.
The cost of the session is €350 which includes accommodation and food. All meals will be prepared on site by the participants, working on a roster system and aided by the Au Brana team, using produce sourced in the local farmer’s markets. Participants will need to fill in an application form and pay a €100 deposit by May 1st to secure a place.
Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and need to arrive 27th June and depart 3rd July, more detailed information for booking travel is provided upon receipt of application.
If you wish to participate in the OBRA residency in September there is a discount of €50 off the cost of the 2 work sessions.
Please return your completed application form and send any questions to Oliviero at; email@example.com
IMPROVISATION AS COMPOSITION / COMPOSITION AS IMPROVISATION
Marlène Rostaing and Fabian Wixe
5 day dance intensive July 19th – 23rd
Au Brana Centre, SW France
This is a very exciting opportunity to train with 2 dance practitioners of the highest calibre as they combine their research and practice to deliver an intensive week of training – challenging dancers to work in the grey area where Improvisation and composition merge and pass through each other from both directions.
“We are proposing a work session in which to embrace the contradictions inherent training and performing; developing auto-observation while letting go, to loose yourself with control in order to expose your patterns – thereby exposing your possibilities – to then pour everything into your dancing.
We are proposing a work session in which we will embrace the contradictions in training and performing; developing auto-observation while letting go, to loose yourself with control in order to expose your patterns – thereby exposing your possibilities – to then pour everything into your dancing.
Marlene will guide you through various exercises to strengthen the musicality of your movements and to make sure your body is prepared for working.
Fabian will lead flying low sessions as a tool to open to our bodies in space, interconnected to everything and everyone around us but still well anchored to all the parts of you.
We want to open new possibilities, trying many pathways and principles in improvisation in order to make specific choices in the ‘doing’.
We will practice a lot, because if we don’t have the skills, we can’t make the choices. Yet.
The methods of composition aim to remove the need for inspiration in order to be able to generate material, to provide you tools in order to bypass your auto- censorship in the creative process and to help you use what you know to shape what you’re just discovering.
We will explore how a conscious improvisation can help us make stronger propositions for our compositions, making our first drafts of choreography already complex and clear, in a way pushing the ’starting line’ farther ahead. And from there we build, letting the improvisation and composition feed each other.”
The cost of the workshop is €350 which includes accommodation and food. All meals will be prepared on site by the participants, working on a roster system and aided by the Au Brana team, using produce sourced in the local farmer’s markets. Participants will need to fill in an application form and pay a €100 deposit by June 1st to secure a place ( refunded if we cancel).
Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and need to arrive 18th July and depart 24th July, more detailed information for booking travel is provided upon receipt of application.
Please return your completed application form and send any questions to Oliviero at; firstname.lastname@example.org
SHOW IN A WEEK
YOUTH DEVISING WORKSHOP
Led by Kate Hannah Papi 16th – 21st August 14 – 21 yrs
Led in French and English by Kate Papi of OBRA Theatre Co, this is an opportunity to have a professional experience of devising a performance as a member of an ensemble and performing for a live audience.
Over the 6 days participants will receive essential elements of actor training, and learn how to work collaboratively with the other young artists. Together they will develop performance material based on a given source or provocation; devising all texts, physical actions, sound and scenic elements. The ensemble will be guided by Kate in all stages of the process and creation of the show, to be presented at Au Brana for an invited audience as part of the fête de Pauilhac.
An exciting week of collaborative and creative work.
The session costs €150. Accommodation available upon request
Please return your completed applications to Oliviero at email@example.com
OBRA Autumn Residency 2021
Led by Kate Hannah Papi and Oliviero Papi
September 6th – 11th, Au Brana Centre South West France
OBRA propose an immersion into the company’s rigorous and innovative approach to theatre training and making. OBRA’s practice engages in a dialogue between the physical life of the actor and language in performance and the relationship between individual artist and the ensemble in collective creation.
Founder members Kate and Oliviero will lead participants through the technical training and base principles for performance practice upon which the company’s work is founded. OBRA investigate how language can stimulate and generate action, and how physical life and external stimulus can be a springboard for generating language. For this session OBRA will propose texts from a variety of sources and guide participants in the generation of their own written language. The group will then experience how these different texts and training tools can create and shape performance material for individuals and the ensemble.
The training will cover these main areas:
Investigating flow state in relation to group and individual listening
Improving performers’ proprioception and physical articulation
Developing performers’ vocal technique for placement and articulation of voice for text
Expanding individual and group awareness and sensitivity to rhythm
Developing performers’ capacity to work with complex language
Increasing performers’ capacity to generate their own texts
Exploring approaches to creating physical material from multiple sources
Working collaboratively with a director to map and shape text and action
OBRA’s practice enables the performer to work in a highly sensitive state of listening and simultaneity, bringing together precise physical and vocal technique and performance elements. OBRA ‘s approach embraces the complexity of the performance moment and seeks to use the difficulty of satisfying simultaneous tasks and spheres of attention to enable a flow state in the performer, one which can be sustained over a long duration.
The workshop invites participants to develop their personal practice and capacity to embody language, and offers a range of approaches to apply these skills to devising and performance. The work is rigorous, precise and demanding, led by a generous and supportive pedagogical team.
OBRA’s training is open to artists from all disciplines and performance backgrounds and does not require you to have a high level of physical fitness or training (you don’t have to be an athlete) as the proposed training allows each participant to develop from their current level.
The cost of the session is €400 which includes accommodation and food. All meals will be prepared on site by the participants, working on a roster system and aided by the Au Brana team, using produce sourced in the local farmer’s markets. Participants will need to fill in an application form and pay a €100 deposit by July 1st to secure a place.
Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and need to arrive on the 5th September and depart September 12th. More detailed information for booking travel is provided upon receipt of application.
If you wish to participate in the Dr Eilon Morris’ workshop in June, there is a discount of €50 off the cost of the 2 work sessions.
Please return your completed application form and send any questions to Oliviero at; firstname.lastname@example.org